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Alzheimer's Disease
 
Annual Death Toll From Alzheimer's Nearly Doubles in 15 Years...
SOURCES: Keith Fargo, Ph.D., director, scientific programs and outreach, Alzheimer's Association, New York City; Anton Porsteinsson, M.D., professor, psychiatry, and director, Alzheimer's Disease Care, Research and Education Program, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, N.Y.; March 7, 2017, 2017 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures
3/7/2017

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 -- Alzheimer's disease claims nearly twice as many American lives annually as it did just 15 years ago, a new report shows.

"And that's frankly alarming," said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach at the Alzheimer's Association, which produced t...

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Study: Gene Test Needed Before Using Alzheimer's Drug 'Off-Label'...
SOURCE: UCLA School of Nursing, news release, Feb. 24, 2017
3/7/2017

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 -- A drug used to treat Alzheimer's disease should not be prescribed to people with milder mental impairment without first giving them a genetic test, a new study urges.

The drug is donepezil (brand name: Aricept).

Donepezil could speed mental decline in som...

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Unhealthy in Middle Age, Dementia in Old Age?...
SOURCES: Rebecca Gottesman, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, neurology and epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; Sam Gandy, M.D., Ph.D., director, Center for Cognitive Health, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City; Feb. 22, 2017, presentation, International Stroke Conference, Houston
2/22/2017

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 -- Middle-aged men and women at risk for heart disease may also face a higher chance of dementia later in life, a new study suggests.

Risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes might boost the odds of dementia almost as much as carrying the gen...

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